The city unveiled its list of delinquent property owners whose names were published in The Courier Journal today, and the scofflaws owe a total of $17.8 million in fines for code violations. There are 263 names of individuals and businesses on the list, with a top fine amount of $67,773 owed to Metro government by Barbara and Carl J. Marquez, Jr. of Shepherdsville, Ky.
“We have given everyone ample time to pay up and clean up properties that have become eyesores in many areas of our community. Now it is time to shine the light on the biggest offenders in our city,” says Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin, D-2, who led the initiative.
Earlier this year, the Metro Council’s Community Affairs committee began looking into the problem after hearing repeated complaints by citizens about abandoned sites that were being poorly kept with junk and overgrown grass.
In many cases, council members learned that the city had placed liens on the property, but that Metro government was often left with the responsibility of cutting grass or hauling junk away. The committee became concerned that taxpayer money was being spent on these properties in tough economic times.
The published list includes the names of at least 33 groups representing financial institutions, land trusts or LLC. The remainders are individual owners of property throughout Metro Louisville as of September 16, 2010.
While the list only shows the names, addresses and fines of violators, the council is encouraging the public to go on line to find which properties have been cited and what code violations on each property.